As A Sentencing Alternative...
A principal concern of the court in
handling these traffic cases is that the defendant not repeat the
offenses which brought the defendant into the court. Any punishment
or conditional discharge imposed is intended to be remedial.
Participation in ESC's Defensive Driving course has proven to be
effective, improving overall motor vehicle safety and
lowering the repeat traffic offence rate.
While it appears that the statutes allow courts
broad discretion in selecting programs we respectfully suggest that
courts select only those driver improvement programs which
demonstrate proven effective in improving overall traffic
safety on the part of the people who take and complete the course.
Empire Safety Council's DDC (Defensive Driving
Course) has shown the highest overall effective rate in driver
ESC's DDC is aimed toward behavior
modification and to instruct students about New York Vehicle and
Traffic Laws and accident avoidance. The
six hour session strives
to modify repeated negative, aggressive driving behavior.
The DDC is primarily offered as an
educational course for those careless and reckless drivers who have
violated motor vehicle laws as an additional sanction to the fine
imposed upon the defendant by a judge. However, the topics covered
in the DDC can provide valuable information for anyone who
gets behind the wheel of a car, as motor vehicle safety affects
drivers and pedestrians alike.
Empire Safety Council is an officially
approved sponsor of the New York State DMV and its six
hour DDC course can be a valuable part of many sentences
imposed, after trial or negotiations.
As an official sponsor, ESC has
satisfaction of the Department of Motor Vehicles that
completion of its driver improvement course results in both reducing
traffic accidents and a reduction in repeat traffic offenses - for
the highest overall effective rate in driver safety
education. In fact, ESC has demonstrated up to
for traffic accidents and 57.3% reduction in repeat traffic
offenses. ESC's DDC has proven to be effective, when referring
defendants to such a driver safety course.
Why use our multi-million dollar
court system as a revolving door?
As an Example:
Drunk Driving Programs have reduced repeat offences by 70%
for those who take and complete the program. What about careless,
reckless drivers? As with the drunk drivers, strict enforcement of
the law and education are key to reducing the number of drunk
drivers on our roads. Empire Safety Council's DDC program
works to reduce accidents and repeat traffic offenses.